I have been reading and contemplating some of the basic tenants of what is called Mindfulness in the west.  It takes many but perhaps not all of the components of Buddhism and I am increasingly finding it to be a useful vehicle inside which I can see how to become a more complete person.  I have spent much of my adult life trying to develop and then deepen my conceptual side.  I am appreciative of the benefits of this approach. However, I am now (after all this time?) realizing some of my limitations are probably self-induced and perhaps mindfulness can help me attain a broader view, a deeper understanding of myself and of my relation to other people on this planet and even nature itself.

I have recently come across a poem by Derek Walcott (which was read by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the end of a great interview with Krista Tippet on the APM show On Being: http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2009/opening-to-our-lives/).  Here it is:

"Love after Love"
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here.  Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Sit.  Feast on your life.